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The photos below are both me. Eight months apart (September 2022- May 2023). Following a health scare related to my heart (which you can read more about here), I decided that I owed it to my children and to myself to become healthier.

 

I knew that I was overweight, but I did not have a weight loss goal in mind. Instead, I achieved results largely through a focus on incorporating exercise into my weekly routine - although I did make some changes to my diet. 

 

My whole philosophy is that lifestyle changes should be sustainable, fun and we should want to make them for the right reasons.

 

Short term weight loss goals are not effective in the long run. 

Backstory: The Creation of Live Yourself Better

Backstory: The Creation of Live Yourself Better

 

In 2017, I lost a relative. She was young, with her whole life ahead of her.

  

I felt guilty, why am I here and she isn't? There was no rhyme or reason for it.  

 

In the weeks and months that followed, I promised to make more meaning from my own life. I realised that whilst in my relative's case, it was unavoidable, and not in anyone's control, one thing I could do was to take control of my life and to try and live better in order to try and stay as healthy as I can.

 

I had got into habits that were not healthy and were not serving me well. 

I decided to do something that I wasn't good at - so I started running. I chose something that I wasn't good at to deliberately try and push myself to get better. At school, I had been a good sprinter but terrible at cross country. So, now was the time to try.

 

I entered various mud runs for charity, including the Kernow Killer (16km run through mud, obstacles, forests and a lake). It gave me a real sense of achievement, as well as feeling that I was giving something back. And, as a bonus, I became fitter.

However, once lockdowns happened, the good habits I had formed were put on hold. I gained over two stone, and began to experience back problems. I had also given birth to my fifth child and my body had been through a lot. 

 

In addition to this, I had a heart scare, which resulted in being taken to hospital. It was a cardiac arrythmia, and given my family history of heart problems, it was a real wake-up call to change my lifestyle.

 

I made it my mission to find my motivation once again, and to establish this time a way of life that I would be able to stick to, something that even lockdowns wouldn't be able to derail.

At the same time, due to unforeseen career circumstances, I decided to retrain as a personal trainer. I made this choice based on a desire to learn more about health and fitness, in addition to being motivated by the sheer number of women who have told me over the years about their own battles with weight, food, and basically not having the time to focus on their own health.

 

I also chose not to focus on weight loss. Yes you read that correctly. Weight loss was not my focus, instead I chose health goals, and habit changes. Small changes over time become habits. It's about realistic time frames and sustainable fitness. For example, I began to introduce more fruit and veg, reduced the ultra processed foods, increased fibre and protein, and increased my activity levels. Crucially, I eat all kinds of food, nothing is 'banned', it's about making daily choices that serve me well, and not labelling food as good/bad.

 

As I progressed, continuing to build on habits, I made huge steps forward with my own fitness, I realised that this is my passion, and that I can help others too.

 

Hello, I'm Tonia. I would love to work with you to help you to reach your lifestyle, health, wellbeing and fitness goals. I live in Sutton Coldfield, and I am happy to travel. I am 44 years old and a mum of many children, and I understand life's challenges - so whether you are busy with work, or family, or both, and find it difficult to find time to take care of yourself, I do understand and I am here to help.

 

I'm a CIMSPA-certified personal trainer with a Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training (Practitioner).

 

My qualification includes CIMSPA-certified Nutrition to Support Physical Activity, Applied Anatomy and Physiology and Bespoke Exercise Programme Design, Customised Exercise Programme Instruction and Communication Techniques.

 

I have undertaken additional CIMSPA-accredited CPD in training perimenopausal and menopausal women, pregnant and postnatal women.

I am also a certified mindfulness coach, and I being this into my practice, to create a holistic approach to lifestyle fitness and to help you reach your goals.

My background is in global medical nutrition and education. Fun fact, I also have an MA in Creative Writing, just because I love it!

I am a CIMSPA member (C005483) have Enhanced DBS clearance for working with young people and I am insured by Insure4Sport (Policy Number I4S675188).

To work with me, either follow the steps below, or email me trainertonia@gmail.com and we can arrange a time to chat.

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